WMU News

Seminar focuses on improving writing skills

April 15, 1999

KALAMAZOO--Many employers believe that improving the communication skills of their workers will improve their organization's potential for success, recent surveys indicate.

Of particular concern is the quality of written communications in the work place. To help employees brush up on these skills, Western Michigan University will be offering a Business and Professional Writing Skills Seminar this spring in three Michigan cities.

The two-day program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. over two weeks on either Wednesdays or Thursdays. It will be offered April 28 and May 5 at the Portage Public Library, 300 Library Lane, Portage; May 12 and 19 at WMU's Grand Rapids Regional Center, 2333 E. Beltline, SE, Grand Rapids; and May 13 and 20 at WMU's Battle Creek Regional Center, 50 W. Jackson, Battle Creek.

The seminar, which is sponsored by the University's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences, is designed for any employee who needs to communicate better in writing. The instructor will be Dr. Roberta Allen, a professor of business information systems in the University's Haworth College of Business.

The program will use discussion, examples, practice and one-to-one feedback to help participants learn immediately useful techniques for writing clearer, more concise reports, letters, memos, proposals and email. It also will teach participants how to apply concepts and techniques to actual job-related documents and how to write with confidence and present a professional image.

The cost of the seminar is $225 and includes materials and lunch. The deadline to register is one week prior to the start of class.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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